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Plot: James Bond is back. An oil tycoon is murdered in MI6 and Bond is sent to protect his daughter. Renard, who has a bullet lodged in his brain from a previous agent, is secretly planning the destruction of a pipeline. Bond gains a hand from a research scientist, Dr. Christmas Jones who witnesses the action which happens when Bond meets up with Renard, but Bond becomes suspicious about Elektra King, especially when Bond's boss, M goes missing. Bond must work quickly to prevent Renard from destroying Europe. Runtime: 128 mins Release Date: 18 Nov 1999
Has there ever been a more beautiful baddie in a Bond film than Sophie Marceau? maybe Luciana Paluzzi in 'Thunderball' to answer my own question This woman is GORGEOUS and one of the series best characters. Pierce Brosnan gets better with each movie and out of his four this is probably the best. The pre-credit sequence, the longest in the films history is worth the entrance fee alone, an amazing chase along the river Thames it is simply stunning and should really only be viewed on a big screen. This sequence is what Bond is all about, outrageously over the top excitement that kicks <more>
the film off to a cracking start, in fact I'd go as far as saying this is the best pre-credit beginning of all the Bond films. The story actually makes sense as well for once - no real plot twists except Electra and all the action is there for a reason, not just as spectacle. Judi Dench gets her best outing in this, proving herself capable of getting out of tight situations and it's nice to see Robbie Coltrane again the caviar factory scene being another highlight . The humour is kept in check and doesn't descend into parody like some in the series 'Diamonds Are Forever' for example but when Bond says 'Q isn't going to like this' when his car gets sliced in half is one of the funniest moments in any of the films. Speaking of Q this is Desmond LLewelyns last Bond movie, he died shortly after and the film is dedicated to him. All in all this is as good as any of Connerys films and the best since 'The Spy Who Loved Me' with good all round performances from all involved although Denise Richards was obviously picked more for her looks than acting ability. A worthy addition to the series this is my 6th favourite 007 film.
This is the Bond adventure of the 90's (by clopin)
TWINE is without doubt the 007 adventure of the 90's. I would consider it to be one of the best Bond movies ever, but for sure the best of the Brosnan era so far, because it perfectly combines Bond's universe with the real world. The movie has a terrific look, crystal clear colours and benefits from the great craft of Clark and Biddle who both did a fantastic job. In addition Pierce Brosnan gives one of the best performances in years, taking his character both seriously and on the other hand not too seriously. Sophie Marceau offers a fantastic villainess and puts herself in one line <more>
with Chris Walken, Robert Davi and Klaus Maria Brandauer.The writers Michael France, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Dana Stevens and Bruce Feirstein have outdone themselves by creating some of the best characters in the series and by far the best punchlines and dialogues in years. Every dialogue contains funny and suggestive lines and this really makes fun to sit there and enjoy two hours of perfect entertainment.
I am a great Bond-fan so I was very intruiged to see the new Bond-film 'The World is not Enough.'I went to see it and I liked it very much. The story this time is interesting,especcially the character Electra King,wonderfully played by French actress Sophie Marceau, is very well written.But off course you are not going to see a Bond-movie for the story,you expect to see great action scenes, stunts,evil villains,beautiful locations and great humour.And all the things I mentioned above were presented very well in this Bond-film.The action scenes in the oil-pipes, on the mountains of <more>
Kazachstan and especially on the Thames in London were very spectacular.Robert Carlyle is convincing as a villain who don't feel any pain.The locations were very exotic and the scenes in Istanbul gave me a nostalgic feeling to 'From Russia with Love.'But the most important thing in a Bond-movie is the actor who plays it.And Brosnan did it very well. He's agressive,he has got a sense of humour and he really looks like the gentleman Bond is supposed to be. But in some scenes we see Brosnan also in a more vulnerable position. So I think Brosnan is after Connery the best Bond-actor.My conclusion is that 'The World is not Enough' is a great Bond-movie with all the elements that make this series,after almost 38 years,still one of the greatest movie experiences of the year.
I am disappointed about what a number of critics have said about this Bond film. The acting was great, especially Sophie Marceau. The plot was good and not out of the realms of possibility. The gadgets were realistic as well and the action was non-stop and fun. The direction by Michael Apted was also good and what I except from a Bond film My only criticisms was the casting of Denise Richards because she can't act and I would have casted someone older and John Cleese as R because his type of comedy does not fit with Bond, but luckily he was only in the film for a minute and the send off <more>
for Desmond Llewelyn was worthy to his years of service. A worthy Bond film to watch and as long as you don't watch Die Another Day, Pierce Bronson would be join best Bond with Sean Connery.
The best Bond since 1981's FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (by bobc007)
As soon as James Bond puts up his hand and tells the Swiss banker that "All I want is a name" in response to who killed another "00" agent, you know this is going to be a "dangerous" Bond movie. Roger Moore was his most dangerous in "For Your Eyes Only" and it helped that movie become the best of the Moore Bonds. The best Bonds always combine danger, action, and off the cuff humor. "The World Is Not Enough" delivers in each of these areas. Michael Apted's direction is tight, balanced, and really well paced. The action sequences do not <more>
dominate the picture, but when they're on, they really deliver! David Arnold's music score echoes the golden days of John Barry, and Pierce Brosnan delivers his best Bond yet! Sophie Marceau really shines as Electra King. Her performance is mature and alluring. Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist. . .OK, it's a Bond movie, not a David Lean film. Actually I think people have been a little hard on her performance. She's not on screen enough to make that much of an impression one way or another. If you're a Bond fan, you've been waiting for this one. You know, once in awhile, they DO make 'em like they used to!
Incredibly underrated, second only to GoldenEye as the best of the Brosnan Bonds (by TheLittleSongbird)
I am a fan of James Bond, and I have to say I love The World is Not Enough. It mayn't be the best of the Bond films like I consider a film like Goldfinger, but it is easily one of the better Bond films with Pierce Brosnan in the title role. I also think it is incredibly underrated, for as I have said this is really good and second only to GoldenEye as the best of the Brosnan Bonds. I loved that The World is Not Enough was a welcome return to the gritty glamour as seen in From Russia With Love, and that the story is quite hard-hitting as well as suspenseful and thrilling. The stunts are <more>
truly spectacular, as is the action which is enough to make your adrenaline pump up, with the opening speedboat chase complimenting it perfectly. The cinematography is effortless and the scenery is splendid, while the music and theme song are certainly memorable. The acting is very well done, Pierce Brosnan is very likable and clearly comfortable as Bond, while Sophie Marceau matches him perfectly and her character Elektra King is for me the best and sexiest Bond girl in ages and Robert Carlyle is perfect as the vicious and chilling villain. And I actually didn't mind Denise Richards that much, admittedly she isn't brilliant, but I certainly didn't hate her, and Judi Dench once again proves what a fine actress she is and even gets to go out into the Middle East battlefield and show off her gadget ingenuity. Overall, this is really underrated and quite an excellent film. 9/10 Bethany Cox
In November of 1999, a very strange thing happened. An intelligent action film filled with well-drawn characters, an unconventional plot structure, and a storyline that required you to pay attention. Stranger still, it was a James Bond film, a series widely regarded by the mass public as `fluff' when Bond films have actually been among the prime example of properly done plot-motivated action pieces. The highly underrated `The Living Daylights' comes to mind.But the strangest thing is the critical thrashing `The World Is Not Enough' received. From Entertainment Weekly singling it <more>
out as a reason to overhaul the Bond franchise, to Internet critics cough Harry Knowles cough soundly trashing it in long, diatribe-filled electronic pieces. The fact that Harry praised the previous entry `Tomorrow Never Dies' or as a friend described it, 12 pages of script and 90 pages of storyboards as the best entry since `The Spy Who Loved Me' only leads to my conclusion that the critics and movie-goers of today have firmly and finally `checked their brains at the door' so to speak.The range of critiques for TWINE is stunning. I have read dismissals of the first fifteen minutes as nothing more than one action sequence after another, despite the fact that the opening teaser has direct relevance to the storyline and contains more complex plot structure than the aforementioned previous entry, TND. Claims of it being `boring' and `dull' were often tossed about. Even the fact that Bond actually expresses discomfort was singled out as a major flaw. See my above `brain-checking' comment. But I am not here to make TWINE look good exclusively in comparison to TND, so here goes.TWINE had me from the start, from Bond's instant realization of the money bomb. I knew I was in good hands from that point on. Indeed, in an era of clumsily handled twists and blindingly obvious revelations, the Electra King twist completely threw me. I had my suspicions, just as James himself wisely did, but I didn't want to believe it. Again, just like James. I could go on for a good half-hour about M's shock when she sees exactly what she and MI6 have created in 007. His cold-bloodedness has never been on bigger display in recent ventures, save a few select moments. `For England James? No. For Me.' Make no mistake about it. Bond is first and foremost a trained killer in this outing, firmly focused on carrying out the will of MI6, even at the cost of.The action sequences serve the story for a change, and each carry emotional weight, resulting from character's needs beyond that of eliminating Mister Bond. Two of the primary sequences are ploys by the main villain, blatant attempts to misdirect rather than outright kill for the sake of killing. Indeed, misdirection and misreading motivations are the primary plot movers. By the end, everything believed by our antagonist neatly shifts into reverse. And thankfully, the `one-man army' Bond of late is greatly reduced here, pitting Bond against more realistic odds.The small moments count too. The high-backed chairs at the MI6 briefing. Zukofsky's small moment of delight upon seeing Bond's new Beemer sliced in half. The expertly placed shot toward Renard's head, blocked by safety glass. Elektra's emotional breakdown when trapped inside the avalanche but faked or not? And Zukofsy's silent communication to Bond to take care of business for him. Reverence and respect is held for the series' past, even Bond's marriage is referenced as he dodges Electra's query as to whether he's ever lost someone that he loves. Heck, these days even a lone `Universal Exports' reference would be considered gold, but the writers of TWINE have obviously done their studying.If TWINE has any weaknesses, the action sequences are not always staged at the series' prime. Although the raid on Zukovsky's factory is executed beautifully and is a superb set piece for Bond, some clumsy editing and lensing weakens the ski sequence and the climactic fight on board the Victor II sub. David Arnold's score is under-mixed; giving the movie a bit too much subtlety in moments the grandness should be spilling into the theater commercial or home . And of course, Denise Richards is just plainly miscast for the part of Christmas Jones, which screams for someone of greater maturity. As someone on the Internet said `Bond girls should have class, not be late for it.' Can't argue much there.In closing, I hope the producers choose to ignore the gnashing of hypocritical teeth and continue on a similar path for the next Bond film. Do not return to a one-set-piece-after-another film. Have faith however small that the audience will wake up. I know I for one will be there, hoping that the next film will live up to the lofty if unappreciated standards of 'The World Is Not Enough'.
A return to form after the routine TND (by Vindicti)
Top casting and exciting action make this one of the most entertaining Bond films for a while.Some may disagree, but I think Brosnan has the edge over Connery now. Sophie Marceau is fantastic as Electra, one of the most interesting characters to grace the series for a while. Carlyle, although shortlived, is a very believable and even sympathetic villain and Robbie Coltrane makes a meal of his second appearance as Valentin Zukovsky.The opening scene of TWINE is probably the best action scene ever in a Bond film and while the ones that follow cannot quite match up to it, they are still top <more>
class. Director Michael Apted shows that he has a real talent for dealing with these parts of the movie, and the excellent soundtrack can only improve them.I went to see this movie on consecutive days and bought the soundtrack Garbage&David Arnold the second time, this is the best recommendation that I can possibly give it.
"I thought Christmas only comes once a year." (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
The film opens with a formidable assassin who had recently posed as a banker's secretaryÂ… She had given Bond a cigar, before killing her boss in the Swiss banker's office in Bilbao, SpainÂ… Now, when a bomb blew a hole in MI6's London headquarters, the super spy sped off in the Q boat, ignoring Q's plaintive cry, "Stop" Stop! It isn't finished!" It was Q's fishing boat for his retirementÂ… There's a splendid boat chase along the River Thames between 007 and the stunning Maria Grazia Cucinotta, the "Cigar Girl" Â– who worked as a barmaid at <more>
the village inn in "Il Postino." Bond was eager to capture her for questioningÂ…When a bomb planted in a briefcase of money killing British oil tycoon Robert King, M was determined to bring the perpetrators to justiceÂ… The prime suspect was Renard who had once kidnapped King's daughter, ElektraÂ… M Judi Dench believed Elektra was next on Renard's list and 007 was assigned to act as her "shadow" while she supervised the building of an oil pipeline in AzerbaijanÂ… Yet despite his powerful urge to protect her, there was something about this beautiful, cunning, willful woman that aroused his suspicionsÂ… Bond flew to Azerbaijan, where King Industries was building an oil pipelineÂ… Elektra gave 007 a 'cold' reception, taking him up into the snowy peaks to the pass where the two ends of the pipeline would soon meet... It was then that unsocial 'visitors' struckÂ… Sophie Marceau plays the magnate's daughter Elecktra who had once escaped Renard's clutches all by herselfÂ… Her favorite motto: "There's no point in living if you can't feel alive."Robert Carlyle plays Renard, the former KGB hit-man who had set up his own organization and demanded fanatical loyaltyÂ… He was a murderer, a terrorist, and a kidnapperÂ… His only goal was chaosÂ… Subordinated who failed him killed themselves rather than face his wrathÂ… After Robert King came to see M, she sent 009 to kill RenardÂ… 009 caught up with him and put a bullet in his headÂ…The bullet was now killing off all his senses and was impervious to painÂ… Renard was determined to pull off one last coup against the WestÂ… But his motivations were motivated by blind hatred, or blind love? Goldie plays Bull, Zukovsky's shifty, gold-toothed bodyguardÂ… He was a menace to his boss and an important Renard spyÂ…Denise Richards plays Christmas Jones, the sexy atomic scientist overseeing the dismantling of the Kazakhstan nuclear test siteÂ… Dr. Jones became an invaluable ally of 007's following Renard's theft of a nuclear bombÂ… For "The World Is Not Enough," Q equipped Bond with the faster car 007 had ever been entrusted with: the MBW Z8, armed with a radar-guided missile system... Robbie Coltrane returns as the duplicitous Russian black marketeer Valentin Zukovsky whose ebony walking gun stick seemed a typically showy affection - but it had its uses... A final sad note: "The World Is Not Enough," marked the final appearance of the beloved Desmond Llewelyn, who acted from 1964 to 1995, except for "Live and Let Die." A perfect foil to 007's lighthearted natureÂ… Q has been one of the series' most enduring character...